With Good Reason

Archive for 2011

Will There Ever Be Peace On Earth?
August 6th, 2011 - (3 Comments)

Give peace a chance.  Teaching kids about peace might be just as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic.  Elavie Ndura-Ouedraogo (George Mason University) believes peace-building should be a part of school curricula and is using her country of Burundi to show how such programs can work.  Also featured: A game that encourages students to change the […]

Unlocking the Hidden Messages of our Dreams
July 30th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

Why do we dream and what do our dreams tell us about what’s happening when we are awake? Richard Bargdill (Virginia Commonwealth University), interprets some of the most common dreams we have, explains why some dreams are recurring and discusses what our dreams are trying to tell us.  Also featured: Understanding what makes us shy.  […]

Selling The Silver Bullet
July 23rd, 2011 - (4 Comments)

At the height of its popularity, an estimated 12 million listeners were tuning in to each episode of The Lone Ranger. The success of the radio serial was largely the result of clever marketing and licensing by the show’s creator, George Trendle. In a forthcoming book called Selling the Silver Bullet, media professor Avi Santo […]

Furious Flower: Sonia Sanchez
July 16th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

Award-winning poet Sonia Sanchez is a pioneer in founding black studies in academia. In a literary career that spans more than 42 years, Sonia is most often associated with The Black Arts Movement. She is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, as well as numerous plays and books for children. Sonia […]

Real Men
July 9th, 2011 - (2 Comments)

Sports Illustrated recently published an astounding statistic: one out of every 14 players in top college footballs programs has a criminal record. Many of these crimes involved violence toward women. Chris Kilmartin (University of Mary Washington) believes a new kind of motivation is needed on the field. Chris says anti-feminine taunts—like ‘let’s go ladies; take […]

The Controversy Over International Adoption
July 2nd, 2011 - (0 Comments)

Inter-country adoptions gone awry have a way of capturing headlines. Karen Rotabi (Virginia Commonwealth University) says overseas adoptions, while a source of hope and love for many families, can have a dark side. Also featured: Baseball leagues for kids with disabilities have sprouted up all over the United States. Matt Lucas (Longwood University) put together […]

Chamber Punk and Laptop Orchestras
June 25th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

It’s Mozart meets The Clash.  Pianist and composer Sophia Serghi (The College of William and Mary) draws on the heavy metal and grunge of her youth to take classical music where it’s never been before.  Her original string compositions have been performed all over the world – at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and even […]

Grave Matters
June 18th, 2011 - (3 Comments)

The Victorians photographed their dead before burial.  Abraham Lincoln’s death might have popularized embalming.  Some people today have their ashes made into diamonds. Bernard Means (Virginia Commonwealth University) studies how and why we bury our dead – and how that’s changed over the last few centuries.  Plus: a trip to some orphan graveyards – forgotten […]

Radio Emergency
June 11th, 2011 - (2 Comments)

When it comes to national security threats, where are we most vulnerable?  Risk analyst researcher Barry Ezell (Old Dominion University) says the possibility of cyber attacks keep him awake at night. He says the computers that control our gas plants, water supply and energy grid are old and unprotected. Also featured: If a government ever wanted to […]

Horses and water in the Civil War
June 4th, 2011 - (6 Comments)

From potable water to the forgotten impact of things like weather and horses on the outcome of the war, With Good Reason will bring you highlights from the 2011 Signature Conference of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.  Some of the country’s most eminent Civil War scholars including  James Robertson, Jr. (Virginia […]